Category Archives: Indigo Blu

Time twinchies

Today I’m sharing the twinchies I made for the Time coin swap participants last month… I went for a masterboard and made lots of twinchies from this.I used Paperartsy fresco finish paints and Indigo Blu stamps.Then I cut it up into the twinchies…Next I added some doodled edges and embossed the sentiment.Then I added a shrink plastic embellishment of a clock/pocket watch to each one.I used a mix of black and white shrink plastic to create different effects.Happy crafting!Catherine

Coins for my swap group

I’m a little later in the month than usual for blogging these coins but here are the coins I’ve made for the swap group I run on Facebook. The theme this month is to interpret this quote…

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin
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So here is what I made…

I used Paperartsy fresco finish paints to created the background wih Indigo Blu stamps and then added the stamped dragonfly wings using white embossing. Next I added the clocks which I had stamped on the paper I had wiped off paint and then coated with clear embossing.

I added some treasure gold around the edges of both the coin and the clockfaces.

Once adhered into place I added some sprinkles from an Artful Days Goodie box on one side of the clock, and the dripped copper acrylic ink on the other side. Once that was dry I added drips of the black gesso and some splashes and then the sentiment.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: salt technique

Howdy readers…

This week we have a technique based challenge over at Back to Basics and Beyond … salt technique.

I haven’t used salt with my watercolours as a background very often so it was fun to experiment and ended up with three panels…

I cut them down and used each in a different way. One I used an indigo Blu stamp set and heat embossed the fish and the sentiment.

I then added a little more colour onto the fish using distress oxide and my waterbrush.

Then I added layers under the panel in contrasting colours including the ribbon and the pearls.

Now the second card I kept quite simple with a silhouette stamp and added gold edging and some patterned paper and then sequins to finish.

Then the final one I used as a piece of actual patterned paper.

I added the stamped image and some other layers of patterned paper. I added the kraft tag to balance the kraft in the coffee cup colouring.

Love all three of these cards… And love being reminded of what a lovely effect the addition of salt is to the watercolour background.

Can’t wait to see how everyone else used the salt technique in their creations! Here is the blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

A random tag

Today… as with the last few days… I am struggling to be upright for more than a few hours at a time due to a rubbish cold. I wish I was able to craft during the upright time but instead chores and real life needs to be achieved in the time when the energy allows.  Fortunately I have some stuff to blog that I made a while ago…. 

Like this tag for example…. 

This is a background I created a while ago using the fab distress oxides and some texfure paste through a stencil.

I added some stamping and then I used a stamped butterfly to add some contrast colour. 

I love how this came out. And now the blog post is done… time to crash out for an hour before the next chore is required to be done. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

Nautical themed ATCs – 254-258

Today I’ve got 5 ATC’s to share with you with the theme of Nautical. They were made for a Facebook swap in a group I am in. I’m excited to see what comes back from others too. 

This first one started as a piece of map that I added some acrylic paint to. I then added some stamping to it using a Hot Picks Paperartsy stamp which features a fish.

I added this paper to a plain background and added some sewing along the edge to add some texture and made sure it was adhered. Then along the other side I added some iridescent medium through a stencil that looks like bubbles.

The next one has some of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap on it and some of the opal magic art alchemy paint underneath. This gives part of the card some sheen which is lovely.

I added the word travel through a stencil using modelling paste which provides some nice texture.

The feature image is the lovely fish from Indigo Blu and then I layered the paper onto another painted paper and then onto a black gessoed card.

Next are two lighthouse ATCs … this first one is distress oxides on a map and then the stamps from Creative Stamping magazine. These were added onto a piece of paper which had some gelli printing bits on it too.

The second one is also distress oxides as a base but also some netting and machine sewing. I love all the layers and soft finish to the image and colour. 

Finally a sepia one… book print onto some cardstock and plenty of distress inks.  Then added a little painting with cracked pistachio distress oxide onto the boat.

Also added sewing to this too and some white gel pen. 

So these were my five nautical themed cards.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Up up and away birthday card

Hi

Today I have a piece of the background I made as part of last week’s crafty session with friends which I cut out to use differently than the sample. 

I then took the hot air balloon I had created for another card that night and added it to this instead.

I don’t like creating the same thing over and over so it was good to find these went together so well! 

What’s more this has given me the idea for the next playtime session with friends! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

P.S. it’s my Dad’s birthday today but I didn’t give him this card …. instead I gave him the boat card I shared last week. But still … Happy birthday to my lovely Dad! 

P.P.S. I actually haven’t given him any cards as he is away…. they are here for when he gets back to the UK! 

Dragonfly ATC #240

Hi there… today I have an ATC made out of a scrap of a stamped paper I didn’t use for a card.  It is stamped with an Indigo Blu stamp and then coloured using Brushos.

Then I adhered it to a blue card and some torn white paper. 

Next I added the dragonfly that I coated in embossing powder to make it shiny and then added the title using my Dymo label machine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Happy Fathers Day (239)

Hi there and happy fathers day to all the dads (and the single parents who have to do twice the work!!!). 

Firstly I have the fathers day card I made for my hubby … the best dad I could wish to raise our daughter with! 

And if you think it looks familiar… it is actually using the bits I created as part of the crafty session on Tuesday.

I did change it up from the original a bit with the heat embossed heart, the additional panel to frame and the stamping on the side. But otherwise it is the brushos background and the Indigo Blu bare forest stamp. 

I also didn’t get round to making exactly the same as the samples. In fact I’ve so far made one ATC and am part way through finishing a couple of cards off too! 

Here is the ATC! 

I used the green torn paper from the hot air balloon card and the car from the painted card to create this. I just added some sewing and some texture paste through a stencil … oh and some raffle ticket bits too.

Love how this came out. I also added some blue and yellow neocolour to the edges and then some black ink. 

I did finish one card in class…  I only changed it a bit from the sample with a different focal stamp. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Arty session with the gang… male cards

Hi there. 

Tonight I have some time with my local crafty friends for playing with mixed media.  The plan for tonight is some cards suitable for men.

I find male cards difficult but still need to make them.  So thought this would be the good push I needed. 

Card one is this green hot air balloon one. I kept this relatively simple with some distress inking and embossing.

Card two is a vintage seaside one using distress oxides.

Then onto card three which is a brushos background, an indigo blu stamp and then some embossing for the sentiment.

And finally the painted card. I sort of threw everything at this… stencilling/stamping/doodling.

I used a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp for the focal image.

So these are the samples which I’ve prepared.  Will have to see what we actually create tonight in between the chat! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

    A shoal of seahorse atc (223-227)

    One of my online swap friends suggested a seahorse themed swap and I went a little overboard and made 5 seahorse swaps! 

    It helped that the stamps with Creative stamping magazine were nautical themed and included a seahorse. 

    This started as a piece of map and a piece of brayered paper. I added the seaweed stampong and then the stamped and cut out seahorse with the circle of paper added for contrast.

    This was a piece of inked paper I had added black gesso through a stencil on and then added more stencilling. I added some map pieces and then the twine and the seahorse. I then mounted it onto the green base. I added the sticker and sequins as embellishments.

    This was a piece of inked background and I added distress oxide stamping to it. 

    This piece of map had clear gesso and distress oxide added to it and then some sewing to finish off the edges.  I then stamped the seahorse onto it (this was the Indigo Blu one). Then added the sequins. 

    Finally a piece of scratch paper onto which I heat embossed the compass in clear powder and then added the distress stain onto it. The embossing and paints resisted the blue ink. I love the finish this gave. I mounted it onto map paper and added the sequins and title sticker too. 

    Such a fun time making these different themed atcs.

    Happy crafting!

    Catherine